Sonia steps in to save Bihar govt.

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The JD (U) is seeking the resignation of Bihar's deputy chief minister and Lalu Yadav's son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav.

Mr. Yadav held a meeting with senior leaders at his residence in Patna last evening.

If sources are to be believed, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is adamant to remove Tejashwi Yadav while RJD is not ready to stoop before JD (U)'s demand. However, the Chief Minister said that he and his party would not break the ruling Grand Alliance.

He was asked to comment on Bihar BJP President Nithyanand Rai's reported remarks that the BJP would consider providing outside support to the JD-U if it snaps ties with Lalu Prasad's RJD. "BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are conspiring against me and family members out of political reasons", Yadav told reporters after coming out of a cabinet meeting.

The RJD chief further said that he and his family have already issued their clarification on the corruption charges that have been filed by the Central Bureau of investigation (CBI).

Modi also said that nothing much should be read into the "issue-based" friendship between Nitish Kumar and the National Democratic Alliance in the wake of the JD-U's support to BJP's Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind.

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His colleague Sunil Singh echoed similar views and made it clear that the party would in no circumstance compromise with the "clean image" of Nitish, pointing out that the CM is known for his "politics of principles and zero tolerance to corruption". "It is all political conspiracy".

Earlier today, the JD (U) reacted strongly to RJD's statement of being the largest party with 80 MLAs and adivsed its ally not to display arrogance.

"RJD leaders too are expected to follow the same path and live up to the same ideals of probity and propriety in active political life", the JD (U) leader said.

The FIR was lodged in connection with a private party allegedly giving three acres of land in 2004 in Patna to them in return of getting licence to run two IRCTC hotels at Ranchi and Puri when Lalu Prasad was Railway minister.

RJD leaders said in case Tejashwi Yadav is forced to resign by Nitish Kumar the party's ministers will only resign en masse, but it will not withdraw from the Mahagatbandhan government.

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